About Us

About Us

Primed for Your Success: Award-Winning Faculty, Top Programs, Pioneering Research

Welcome to AME, where you can study for BS, MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering.

If you are looking to join a tight-knit community of award-winning students and faculty at a highly ranked research university in a state with some of the world’s leading aerospace, defense and high-tech manufacturing companies, then you’ve come to the right place.

There is no shortage of opportunities for our students and graduates. The department houses high-speed wind tunnels, including a Mach 5 facility in the works; internationally renowned labs in dynamics and control, fluids, solid mechanics and thermosciences; and a fully stocked professional machine shop. Plus, hundreds of top companies call Tucson home.

Learn more in department head Jeff Jacob’s welcome letter.

Brief History

  • 1910: First mechanical engineering bachelor's degree conferred
  • 1936: Mechanical engineering program accredited
  • Late 1950s: Aerospace engineering program established
  • 1960: Aerospace engineering accredited; first BS degrees conferred
  • 1980s: Expansion into aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • 1997: New building dedicated

Photo courtesy of Alex Radi

Research Highlights

  • Aerodynamics
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Fuel cells
  • Microelectromechanical systems
  • Nanoscale energy transfer
  • Orbital mechanics
  • Peridynamics
  • Robotics
  • Solar thermal energy
  • Space object behavior
  • Tissue engineering

Strong Ties With Industry

Arizona is home to some of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies and an entrepreneurial hot spot for renewable energy, health care, optics and semiconductor manufacturing.

UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering maintains partnerships with companies such as Raytheon, Honeywell, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Orbital ATK, L3 Technologies, W.L. Gore, General Dynamics and dozens more.

Outside the Classroom

All undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate in internships, research projects and club activities.

Clubs run the gamut from design-build-compete teams -- on the ground, underwater and in the air -- to service and professional organizations where students develop leadership skills, raise STEM awareness, and make a difference for communities at home and around the world.

The majority of AME students participate in the Engineering Design Program, where they take on industry-supported projects and hone their work-ready skills.

Job Outlook

Growth is projected in most high-tech industries. AME graduates work in a variety of fields. They develop, for example, HVAC systems; mobility aids, prosthetics and artificial organs; automotive engines, safety features and assembly robots; aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and missiles.

Big-City Atmosphere, Small-Town Flair

The University of Arizona is a beautiful green campus in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by mountain ranges. A city steeped in culture with breathtaking sunsets and more than 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is ideal for stargazing, testing and flying, hiking, biking, golfing and any number of outdoor activities –plus enjoying a rich and varied nightlife.

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